By Tessa Jackson

I can’t believe the last week of the football season is the first week I get all three of my picks wrong! I finish with 28-25-2. I’m happy I got more right than wrong, but honestly not very happy with such a poor finish. The last week can be difficult to call, especially so far before game time. Both of the quarterbacks I mentioned did not play; the Philadelphia Eagle’s Jalen Hurts and the Cincinnati Bengal’s Joe Burrow. But I could not be happier that the playoffs are here. You know without a doubt that all teams will be giving their all and it is going to be a fun weekend. I hope that no one minds that I still act like the Las Vegas Raiders are a local team. I know a lot of Raider fans and I don’t know any who have stopped being fans since they moved to Las Vegas (and they are my favorite team!)

Well, both the Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers made the playoffs in very exciting fashion. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many games go to overtime! The Las Vegas Raiders game against the Los Angeles Chargers had some very interesting circumstances; whichever team won would make the playoffs and the losing team would not, but if they managed to tie both teams would make the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Steelers would miss the playoffs. According to ESPN, less than 1% of games have ended in a tie, and sportsbooks typically offer 60-1 odds on a tie. This game came so ridiculously close to a tie; the Raider’s Daniel Carlson kicked a game-winning field goal as overtime expired. The 49ers came back from a 17-point deficit against the Los Angeles Rams to tie it up in the third quarter and then scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to tie it up again with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Their defense was the real star after an interception to win the game in overtime. These are the games that make me a fan of the NFL. This weekend is Wild Card Weekend and we will see the Raiders take on the Bengals in Cincinnati on Saturday at 1:30 PM where we can expect a wintry game and the Raiders are 5.5point underdogs. The 49ers will be traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday at 1:30 PM where they are 3-point underdogs. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

I know someone else who is happy this week, Georgia. No. 3 Georgia beat No. 1 Alabama for its first college football championship since 1980. The first half was all field goals and the whole game was pretty close until Alabama’s quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, threw an interception for a touchdown to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

I would like to dedicate this article to my mom, BJ Jordan, who put up with my sports addiction for almost two weeks while she was stuck at my house due to power outages. She probably learned more about how overtime in the NFL works than she wanted to. It’s ok if you don’t know what I’m talking about, mom.

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